The 5 Best MLB Moments from Monday

Shane Baz's Dad Can Beat Up Anyone's Dad (But Probably Doesn't).

With the regular season coming to end in the next two weeks, and fantasy playoffs wrapping up (hopefully your league ends this week so the final week doesn’t have any impact on the outcome), it is easy to start to see how the chaos of the regular season is going to sort itself out. There are some teams that have already clinched playoff spots in the National League with the Dodgers, Giants, and Brewers. The Rays magic number going into last night’s game was a bit, uh, complicated…

 

 

…but it’s pretty certain that they will also secure a spot. Nine teams have been mathematically eliminated. As my co-host Alexander Chase pointed out on our last episode of Dugout Study Hall, it is chaos that makes things interesting; the unknown makes it fun. And so, in honor of his wisdom and my desire to be free of any formulaic approach with this piece, I will embrace the chaos and revive the random with a little bit of tradition sprinkled in.

And away we go…

 

 

Now that that is out of my system, let’s roll with the official Best MLB Moments of Monday.

 

The Marlins and All That Jazz

 

One of the most exciting players to come out of this baseball season is Jazz Chisholm in Miami. He can be absolutely electric as we see here:

 

 

What a shot. An absolute bomb. What must have been the most exciting part of the whole thing is just how enthusiastically the fans cheered for him in the bleachers where it landed, packed with people clamoring for the ball and celebrating the aesthetic of a demolished baseball.

Hold, please. Okay. This just in: Nobody watches the Marlins play baseball in Miami.

 

 

I think I just did.

How about I make it up to you? Here is a stunning defensive play from Jesús Sánchez:

 

 

It is right up there with this piece of history:

 

 

He was pleased:

 

 

Miguel Cabrera

 

You youngins may not remember a time when Miguel Cabrera was one of, if not THE, best player in Major League Baseball. It’s been a minute (do people still say that?). However, he did something truly amazing last night:

 

 

Now, I’m not quite sure why MLB Stats felt the need to qualify this milestone this way:

 

 

But here is how I prefer to look at it:

 

 

Salvador Pérez

 

These tweets really speak for themselves:

 

 

A Debut

 

A highly touted pitching prospect, Shane Baz made his Tampa Bay Ray debut last night:

 

 

And lest we move on without sharing this, here it is:

 

 

If you have something bad to say about him, feel free to take it up with his dad (provided you have up-to-date health insurance):

 

 

Blue Jays Gonna Blue Jay

 

Robbie Ray set a new career-high for strikeouts in a season which isn’t bad considering he’s always been good at striking people out:

 

 

What is more impressive is the 6.3% walk rate which is the lowest of his career (and was 10.7%, 13.3%, 11.2%, and 17.9% in each of the last four seasons, respectively).

Then there is the never-ending parade of mind-boggling performance stats for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. including these:

 

 

Last night, however, Teoscar Hernández stole the spotlight for a moment:

 

 


 

There it is, the collection of the best moments from the second-to-last Monday of the regular season.

One last thing before we part, and yes it involves including my own Tweet in this piece:

 

 

Ted Lasso and the talented people who make it won a ton of Emmys on Sunday for good reason. The world needs a show that reminds us how we are connected more than how we are separated—how we can come together more than divide ourselves.

Be good to each other. Be good to yourself.

Be good.

 

Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)

Matt Goodwin

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